The Thrashers obtained Clarke MacArthur from Buffalo for a third- and fourth-round pick this year.
MacArthur, a left wing, has 13 goals and 13 assist in 60 games. He is a minus-14 this season. The 24-year-old is 5-foot-11, 191 pounds and is a restricted free agent. He makes $1.4 million.
Over four seasons with the Sabres, MacArthur has 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists) and is a minus-11.
The move was the only one of the day for the Thrashers, meaning Slava Kozlov will remain with team despite his request to be traded. Kozlov said today that he would considering playing in the KHL next year to continue his career if he doesn’t land with another NHL team.
New addition Evgeny Artyukhin has arrived and skated. He practiced along with Rich Peverely and Max Afinogenov. Coach John Anderson says don’t read too much into that yet. He was just getting a look at the new forward.
Chris Chelios cleared waivers, assigned to Chicago.
Nik Antropov did not skate, which is not unusual as he nurses a nagging hip injury.
Here are some quotes from Waddell about the acquisitions and team. Think what you will:
On the trade: “We said all along going into the trade deadline that we believe in our team, we really like our team. We are going to be buyers and not sellers. The last couple of days we made a couple of acquisitions picking up Evgeny Artyukhin and Clarke MacArthur that strengthen our group of forwards. When you look back at the trade for Ilya Kovalcuk we added [Johnny] Oduya and [Niclas] Bergfors. We really liked the way our team had been playing and we weren’t going to take away from that team. We wanted to make sure we kept adding to that team.
“I think this is a strong statement to our players, to our fans, that we believe we can make the playoffs and that’s why we were buyers and not sellers.”
On MacArthur: “Really good skater, good puck sense, good hockey sense. Plays hard. Not overly big, but he plays bigger than his size. … Speed is becoming really important in the game and our team gets around the ice as well as anybody else. Having bring that speed and bring the forecheck, you are going to make it hectic on another team’s defense.
“I think he’ll be a second- or third-line guy. The way we look at our top nine forwards are right now, we’d be hard press to say what is our number one line, our number two, our number three line is. I think if you are going to have success in the NHL you have to have three lines that can score. … We’ll find a spot in there for him and go from there.”
On Artyukhin: “We all think his skill level is greater than what he’s been able to show. We think he skates very well, a very physical player that can forecheck. Given a chance to play more minutes in certain situations will be more positive. Starting off with us here, he’ll probably start off in a fourth-line role and see where we go with it.”
On possibility of other trades: “Not really. We talked to a lot of teams. The prices were high and we really wanted to add a forward with speed and grit and MacArthur is the kind of guy that we focused on. We stayed in touch with everybody out there that was available. At the end of the day we felt this was the deal that was best for us. We had a lot of calls from teams that thought we would sell off guys, especially our UFA guys. I made it clear that was not the avenue we were going to take.”
On so many forwards: “We’ve got 15 forwards. We recognize that’s going to be an issue. Everyone is healthy right now which is a very good thing. We have 17 games this month and to think we are going to get through this stretch thinking we are going to be healthy we’ll be very fortunate. We’ll address it. Now we’ve got competition for jobs. I look at it as a very healthy situation. If you play well, you’re going to continue to play. If you have a bad night or a night off, there are other guys waiting to take your job. I look at it as a very competition and healthy situation.”
On not trading Kozlov: “There wasn’t a buyer for [him]. We had small interest early in the day and as the day went on that weeded. We couldn’t move him so he’s still a Thrasher and is going to be one for the rest of the year.
“We never had an offer to bring to him.”